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Fun Ways to Encourage Gratitude This Month!

Kiwi Crate Gratitude - Live to be Inspired

As I was checking my email this morning I came across an email from Kiwi Crate that contained a number of adorable projects all focus around the themes of Thanksgiving and Gratitude. At first I thought it was the themes for their monthly boxes or for extra boxes you could purchase, but then I realized it was actually links over to the FREEย DIY section of their site! I had no clue this area even existed even after being a subscriber of their monthly boxesย for over a year now!!!

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Looking around, they HAVE tons of project ideas (complete with supply lists, photos and instructions) and they all look super cute and fun! All you have to do is narrow down which project you want to do and then head to Amazon (or your local Walmart or Target) to gather your supplies!

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I can’t wait to spend some more time going through the different sections. As a homeschool mom of three littles, two being two and under, I feel I can never have too many resources on hand!

Now, I’m off to figure out what we’re doing for lunch today and to run some Saturday errands. So much to do today, but I didn’t want to wait to share this new (to me) resource I came across!ย (Or I might forget! ๐Ÿ˜‰ #mombrain)ย Hope you are all having an awesome weekend!

If you try out any of of the projects from the Kiwi Crate site, make sure to come back and leave a comment letting me know how it goes! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Happy Thanksgiving From Our Family to Yours!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope you are all having a great day with family, friends and lots of yummy food! 
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PS: If you are doing any Black Friday shopping online today and/or this weekend, here are my Top 3 Favorite Deals sites that I highly recommend you follow:

These are my three favorite deal finding sites and they will help you know where the best deals are online and in stores. (Although, since you can basically get the same deals online as you can in stores, I highly recommend just shopping online during nap time or a lull in the family festivities!) Happy shopping! ๐Ÿ™‚

Easter 2014 at The Parkers | Dying Easter Eggs & Easter Day

I know Easter was weeks ago and that April is already over, but I still wanted to document our Easter before I forget. Unless I get a post up, the pictures get lost in the deep dark whole of photos in my Mac library. (Please tell me I’m not the only one that needs to do a massive clean out of their photos!)

Easter for us this year was pretty low key. We dyed Easter eggs as a family Saturday afternoon, Ti got his Easter basket from the Easter Bunny Sunday morning, we went to church after that and then that evening we went to my in-laws for dinner. I had wanted to take Titan to a local Easter Egg Hunt or something but it seems those don’t really get done in our area anymore. ๐Ÿ™ (I guess there was a HUGE ordeal at a local hunt a few years ago that involved parents being too involved and so now most hunts in Colorado Springs have been permanently cancelled. So sad if you ask me!) I’m crossing my fingers that things are the same in Pennsylvania and that we can do a hunt next year.

Any way, here is our weekend in pictures…

Let the coloring begin! 

My boys! Love these two! 

Titan was very meticulous with his designs on the eggs. Love his seriousness and concentration. 

Dad even got in on the fun and colored a few of his own. 

One of the eggs wouldn’t stay in the coloring and so Titan spent literally ten minutes pushing it back down every time it would pop back up.

These two…Ti was telling Broc some secret plan of some sort. I’m glad this next little one is a girl otherwise I’d really be in trouble. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Some of the finished product!

Titan’s basket hidden by the Easter Bunny 
(I know, SO not creative but when you live in a small apartment, you start running out of places to hide things.) 

YAY! He found it! 
Checking out the candy! 

Speaking of candy – there was definitely plenty to go around! 

On the drive to Grandma & Grandpa’s house. Titan asked if he could wear this crown and we told him that would be fine. Half way to their house I looked back and he was asleep like this! Funny little man! 

…and last, but not least, a quick photo of Ti and his Uncle Brady with all the eggs they found on the Easter Egg Hunt Grandma and Grandpa set up around the house. (Brady was a really good sport to do the hunt with Titan.)
That reminds me, how many of you grew up doing an Easter Egg Hunt with the eggs you dyed? 
When Broc and I did our first Easter with Titan, we dyed the eggs and then Broc told me we needed to hide them. I was really surprised and asked why? He said “Because that’s what you do. You dye the Easter eggs and then the Easter Bunny hides them and you go on a hunt for them.” He asked me what we always did with our eggs and I told him we didn’t dye them every year and when we did, we certainly didn’t hide them around the house but rather just used them as decor. And if we did a hunt, we looked for plastic eggs with candy or little trinkets in them. I mean, who wants to hunt for a few day old hard boiled eggs? 
It was one of those funny moments where you realize that each family has their own traditions and way of doing things. Of course, despite how weird I thought it was, now that Titan has done a similar hunt a few years in a row at my in-laws, I can see how my husband’s way it’s sort of fun…even though you do just end right back with the same eggs you started with…and no chocolate! ๐Ÿ˜‰